STEP 1: FITTING

THARP BOUNDSTATION BOUND
DATES: February 8, 9, 10
LOCATION: Tharp Sixth Grade Building
TIME: 4-8PM
Fittings are scheduled 15 minutes apart, but your fitting may take longer than 15 minutes. The average band fittings takes 20-30 minutes.
DATES: February 1, 2, 7, 8
LOCATION: Station Sixth Grade Building (enter door A21)
TIME: 4-8PM
Fittings are scheduled 15 minutes apart, but your fitting may take longer than 15 minutes. The average band fittings takes 20-30 minutes.
Click here to sign up for a THARP FITTINGClick here to sign up for a STATION FITTING


COVID-Safe Fitting Procedures:

Because this year presents several unique challenges, please help us follow these district-approved safety measures to protect your child and our staff:

  • 1 Parent/Student:  1 Parent may attend with student (no siblings, please)
  • Masks:  Student, Parent, Teacher will wear masks whenever possible
  • Sanitize:  Teacher and Student will use hand sanitizer before and after each instrument trial
  • Sanitize:  Band mouthpieces will be cleaned with approved cleaner between all students (a brand new reed will be used for each student
  • Limit 3:  Students will be limited to 3 instruments to try during their fitting. This is to keep fittings within the time allotted and assist with crowd control
  • No Walk-Ins: For crowd control
  • Bring iPad:  Students should plan to bring their iPad to take pictures of all fitting information.

If you are not comfortable having your child do a fitting at this time, encourage your child to listen to several recordings of the different instruments to help them make their best choice on instrument.  We HIGHLY encourage you to rent (not purchase) the instrument in case an instrument change is deemed necessary in the fall.  Recordings of instruments can be found on “The Instruments” link to the left.  Searching YouTube can be another very useful tool when choosing an instrument without a fitting.


Because everyone has different mouth, arm, and hand shapes, each student will be more successful on certain instruments than others. Therefore, we strongly encourage each student to go through a fitting where they will get the opportunity to try out different instruments with a qualified musician to help them choose an instrument that they will be successful playing. Click the link above to sign up for a fitting.

*Note:  While fittings are important for all instruments, a fitting is crucial to the success of percussion. Percussion takes a high level of coordination that many young students find challenging. Your child MUST attend a fitting to to be selected for Percussion.

**Note:  Since students will be placed in a band class based on their chosen instrument, it will be very difficult for students to switch instruments once the school year has started.  Therefore, please take the time at the fitting to make a wise and informed decision.

QUESTIONS?

Nicole Brocke (Tharp) at Nicole_Brocke@hboe.org
Diana Nicklas (Station) at Diana_Nicklas@hboe.org